Welcome to GRAZIA’s guide to beauty: a monthly instalment of everything our beauty editor is testing, trying, and buying right now. From treatments to new products, it’s a melange of all the best in skin, makeup and hair as vetted by us (so you don’t have to). March is a month that sits somewhere between the summer and winter spectrum, so it’s often a good time to double-down on hydration to kick any trans-seasonal skincare blues. From deliciously rich body oils to a new single-ingredient lip serum, see (and shop) our pick of the beauty bunch below.
Nars Afterglow Lip Balm via Mecca cosmetica, $45. SHOP NOW
After the runaway success of the initial Orgasm balm, Nars have launched a slew of new shades, including the cherry pink Turbo seen above. Thanks to the lush inclusion of Monoi oil, it’s got all the hydrating properties of a rich lip treatment, but with an added slick of sheer, all-flattering colour. With eight shades now available, there’s an option for every skin tone (and mood).
Herbario Detox Cleansing Powder via mecca cosmetica, $72. SHOP NOW
Herbario is essentially the worst-kept beauty secret in Australia. The South Yarra salon is run by the wonderful Valli and her husband, who serve up treatments that will change the shape of your face alongside a range of potions and tinctures produced in-house. The range is now available at Mecca, and our pick is the Detox Cleansing Powder: an all-natural exfoliating scrub that deeply cleans, refines and assists with lymphatic drainage. Use it with a little water or cleansing oil.
La Mer The Renewal Body Oil Balm, $250. SHOP NOW
There’s no way to beat winter blues quite like a thick, rich, superlative body balm. La Mer’s latest offering is the pinnacle of bath time luxury. It’s decadent, supremely moisturising and has that soft, powdery La Mer scent. Why should the skin on our face have all the fun?
YSL Beaute Pure Shots Perfect Plumper Cream, $118. SHOP NOW
YSL has really stepped up its skincare game of late, introducing a range of proven products with refillable cores (points for thoughtful packaging). Our pick is the Plumper Cream: an airy, almost whipped moisturiser that feels weightless on the skin but leaves a subtle dewy sheen. Spiked with Ribose and Orange Blossom sourced from Saint Laurent’s spiritual home in Morocco, it’s sure to hydrate skin, leaving it soft, bouncy and energised.
Kora Organics Noni Night AHA Resurfacing Serum, $92. SHOP NOW
Clean beauty pioneer Miranda Kerr continues to cement her authority in skincare, this time by way of her overnight exfoliating serum. Enriched with signature Noni, Willow Bark, Lemon Peel Ferment and Caviar Lime, it gently sloughs off dead skin while you sleep for a complexion that’s brighter and clearer upon waking. And true to form, it’s energised with amethyst and rose quartz for good vibes only.
Costa Brazil Kaya Jungle Firming Body Oil via Net-A-Porter, $156. SHOP NOW
A cold pressed blend of Amazon-native Tucuma, Pacqui Seed, Breu Branco and Kaya oils, this heavenly product is possibly the best way to round out a shower. Rich in antioxidants, magnesium and fatty acids, it improves the look of skin while leaving a soft, healthy-looking sheen. Pair with dry brushing for best results.
Ghd Helios Hairdryer, $290. SHOP NOW
Good hair days are a cinch with the newly-launched Ghd Helios Hairdryer. Powerful, light and concentrated, it’s sure to slash your blowdry time in half while maintaining hair health thanks to even heat distribution. It comes in four colourways, too.
Chanel Sublimage Ultimate Light-Renewing Exfoliating Lotion, $196. SHOP NOW
Leave it to Chanel to present us with a new way to exfoliate our skin. The gel-like texture of the Sublimage Exfoliating Lotion feels a little like an essence, but gently renews skin texture thanks to the inclusion of AHA’s. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals and the iconic Vanilla Planifolia water for an exfoliation that’s gentle, but still delivers on the promise of clear, luminous skin.
Biologi BL Nourish Lip Serum, $24. SHOP NOW
Biologi is known (and loved) for its mono-ingredient formulas and thoughtful use of Australian native ingredients. The newest addition to the growing brand is a lip serum made entirely up of Blood Red Finger Lime, otherwise known as an incredibly potent source of phyto-nutrients. Thanks to its water-light texture, it penetrates deep into the lips, offering more than just superficial hydration. It absorbs quickly too, making it great prep under a bold lip.
Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream, $89. SHOP NOW
Eye creams are a dime a dozen, but the creamy texture and flattering pinky-tone of this Biossance option sets it apart. Formulated with marine algae, paracress extract and squalane, it offers weightless moisture and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Daze, $89. SHOP NOW
Who says the change of seasons means spicy, woody, winter-aligned fragrance? The newly launched limited Daisy Daze is bright and sweet, like warm sun on salty skin. Wear it all over, all the time.